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THE UPPER GALLERY
Art galleries are dynamic places for new kinds of knowledge. In an art gallery you think about the past and future in augmented ways. The Upper Gallery space offers exhibition space for professional, contemporary artists whose practices provide critical and conceptual engagement with political, social, environmental and aesthetic issues. Quest Art believes in art’s capacity to open conversations and to provoke positive change within our community.
The works on view in The Upper Gallery are intended to challenge the viewer and we support those artists who are risk takers, who are not afraid to engage with sometimes difficult subjects, and who want to expand the parameters of their professional practice and create public programming that starts conversations.
Quest Art’s development is deeply rooted in the belief that arts education plays a significant role in helping us to create a better society and community. Quest Art has prioritized their activities based on the belief that arts and culture make considerable and necessary contributions to the well-being of communities. Arts and culture are powerful tools with which to engage communities in various levels of change. They are a means to public dialogue, contribute to the development of a community’s creative learning, create healthy communities capable of action, provide a powerful tool for community mobilization and activism, and help build community capacity and leadership. The Upper Gallery provides a space to support and profile artists whose works encourage those things to happen.
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UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS IN THE UPPER GALLERY 2020
There is More to it Than Being Blue: The Story of James Bamber Brown
January 18th to April 11th
Inspired by the story of James Bamber Brown, this exhibition looks at the many faces of depression, mental health and suicide.What today in Canada 10 people will end their lives by suicide; up to 200 others will attempt so. For each death by te of bereavement. Further, in Canada, suicide is the second highest cause of death for youth aged 10-24. Each
We know that today in Canada 10 people will end their lives by suicide; up to 200 others will attempt so. For each death by suicide, between 7 and 10 survivors are profoundly affected. Today in Canada, suicide will leave up to 100 people in state of bereavement. Further, in Canada, suicide is the second highest cause of death for youth aged 10-24. Each year, on average, 294 youths die from suicide. Many more will attempt suicide. Indigenous teens and gay and lesbian teens are at particularly high risk.
There Is More to It Than Being Blue will build on previous models of socially engaged projects that we have undertaken. The project will include an exhibition, symposium, resource workshops and performances that address the subject of mental health, depression and suicide. This project will be focused on creating a safe space to discuss depression and suicide, and to provide information on resources available for those who are dealing with depression and thoughts of suicide as well as their loved ones.
Not Even The Poets
April 18th to July 11th
"Nobody has ever measured, not even the poets, how much the heart can hold."
~ Zelda Fitzgerald
The heart has an infinite capacity to love. In Not Even The Poets the works presented will respond to the ideas around passion, commitment, and infatuation and the modes and methods that we use to convey those sentiments.